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Defence and Space Sector insight: Why achieving Cyber Essentials accreditation is now a supply chain requirement

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The UK commercial Space market is growing rapidly, providing significant growth opportunity for Space sector supply chain businesses. At a recent ‘supply chain’ event held in partnership between ADS Group (Aerospace, Defence, Security & Space) and Airbus, over 150 Defence and Space sector supply chain delegates heard first hand that achieving Cyber Essentials accreditation is now a requirement.

Supply chain businesses across Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space sectors range from small start-ups to established global companies. However one emerging requirement is shared by them all – demonstrating their digital resilience to qualify for supply chain appointments.

ADS Group has established 5 priority issues and focus on supply chain competitiveness to improve productivity and equip the industry to take advantage of future technology opportunities is one of them. Cyber Essentials has been recognised as a key requirement.

The Cyber Essentials Scheme was developed and launched by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in 2014.  The scheme was created to define security controls that should be implemented into organisations to mitigate common cyber security risks. This reduces risk and can add value for shareholders or help secure investor and customer interest for your business.

Net-Defence provides certified support for commercial and third sector organisations who want to achieve accreditation. You can read more about Cyber Essentials here.

Net-Defence has been a provider to the Defence and Space sector supply chain for many years. A member of the Scottish Space Network, our team engage in supporting the education and digital resilience of high growth companies throughout the UK to help protect them and to support them in securing new revenue streams through the supply chain.

Alan Greig, Managing Director, Net-Defence, commented:

“Any company that doesn’t now factor security into their strategic planning is increasing their risk levels. Good governance at board level starts with robust systems and processes to protect, test and develop security for their assets, data and people.

“The Cyber Essentials Scheme ensures that companies maintain active measures to combat cyber crime. Our specialist teams work closely with clients to take them painlessly through the accreditation process and achieve the necessary standard.”

The scheme is backed by industry including the Federation of Small Businesses, the Confederation of British Industry and a number of insurance organisations.

Net-Defence is part of the Ogilvie Group, one of Scotland’s most consistently successful family owned businesses.  The Group is over 65 years old and employs around 500 people across its various business operations. We are Trusted Partners with the Scottish Business Resilience Centre, approved by Police Scotland. With offices in Stirling, Newcastle and Cheltenham we service clients throughout the UK.

We can support any organisation through Cyber Essentials accreditation. If you are within the supply chain for Aerospace, Defence, Security or Space we can ensure one of our specialists in this field is appointed to support you.

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